Written by Cathy Carroll for Vintage, Paint and more...
Good morning friends.
I have a tutorial for you this morning.
Last year I made a rather large book page wreath to hang over our mantel.
I am in love with it and everyone that sees it has fallen in love with it.
Needless to say I have had many requests on how to do this.
I had found the instructions on the Internet
alas when I went to find them to give to others they are no where to be found.
So, today I have written a tutorial on how to make one.
Be fore warned this post is picture heavy however,
when I was trying to make mine
there were very few pictures and I had a little trouble.
So, in order to make it a little easier for others I have taken a lot of pics
to try to show each and every step.
So, let's get to it....
You will need:
An old book preferably with some brown discolored aging
going on - on the edges of the pages.
I used this old Reader's Digest Condensed Books Book given to me.
You will also need
glue gun and glue sticks
about a 10" piece of twine
a piece of foam core
(I got mine at Dollar Tree)
First tear out about 75 pages.
Fold each page into a cone
staple at the bottom point.
Do each page and you will have a basket full of cones like this....
Next, draw your base onto the foam core.
I used a 9" dinner plate for the large circle
a small bowl for the center.
Cut it out with an exacto knife.
It doesn't have to be perfect - you will not see any of this when done.
Take your piece of twine and tie it around your form for a hanger.
I tied it on both sides for stability.
Now, we start the first row.
Using hot glue - glue your cones facing down onto the form...
They will look like the above picture.
This is actually the back of your wreath and will make sense as we proceed.
Continue gluing them all the way around the circle.
It will look like this when you finish this row.
Turn it over now so it looks like this
we will start the second row.
This back row helps cover the foam core and gives it some of its fullness.
The second row is glued on so that each cone is actually
sitting in the little space made by two cone meeting on the back row.
Keep gluing all around the form.
It will look like this when done.
Not too lovely but, getting there.
On the third row you continue to glue in the same manner as the last row.
However, place the cone so that it hangs over into the circle in the center.
This will give you the shape of the wreath.
The tabs that are hanging over into the circle will be folded over
and glued down on the back
The back will look like this when you are done with row three.
For the last row glue the back of the cone and then
on the cones in the previous row.
Just attach it to the cones.
You will have a longer tab in the circle this time.
You can see here I have two in this row right now
just continue around the circle
placing them in this manner.
Again on the back side of the wreath -
fold the tabs of the cones back and glue in place.
The back will look like this.
Very neat with every tab glued down so they do not show from the front.
The front will look like this.
( For some reason the sun shining in makes it look pinkish in this picture)
This is much smaller than the first one I made.
The first one I made had seven rows of cones.
Here it is over our mantel last Christmas.
It is large and makes quite a statement all on its own....
I made this one smaller as it is headed to the church for an auction
most people do not have a space for a large one like
the first one.
This one is the size of a regular wreath
I actually made two of these in one afternoon.
They are so easy and take very little time.
So what do you think?
Think you may try your own?
Until next time have a great day
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